Brazilians bid farewell with gifts for London Citizens—ready for Rio 2016

20:25 12 September 2012

Rio delegates at London Citizens

Rio delegates at London Citizens' HQ in Whitechapel

carmen valino all rights

Brazil’s delegation to London to get the low-down on how the 2012 Olympics were put together made a last stop in the East End today (Weds) to meet London Citizens before returning home to prepare for Rio 2016.

The Rio de Janeiro authorities sent the delegation to Britain in July to study how East London was coping and were impressed with the ‘Living Wage’ campaign for Olympic workers and the job placements organised by London Citizens community network.

So they dropped in at London Citizens’ headquarters in Whitechapel, in the heart of Olympics ‘host’ borough Tower Hamlets, bearing gifts.

“They’re donating all their office equipment to our member-organisations before they leave,” said Citizens’ founder Neil Jameson. “That includes laptops, mobile phones, furniture and at least 20 TVs which we’ll distribute among our 250 voluntary and community groups.”

The delegation, which set up its temporary base at Somerset House in The Strand, met East End community leaders over lunch and agreed to arrange to twin schools in London with schools in Rio as a legacy to both London 2012 and Rio 2016. They return to Rio on Friday.

Latest Stories

51 minutes ago
A general view of housing near Clapham as London rents now double those in the rest of the UK (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Rents in London are twice as high as those across the rest of the UK for the first time ever, new research has revealed.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:25
Charlotte Harris

Police are attempting to trace Charlotte Harris from Germany who has not been seen since dumping her luggage outside St Pancras Station.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:15
A tight squeeze (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Scores of fun runners donned giant sumo wrestler suits to take part in a race around Battersea Park.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more